Sport: Koreans in a Hurry

In auto-short Korea, nearly everybody walks unless he is in a hurry; in that case he runs. In Boston last week three wiry young Koreans were in a hurry for 26 miles, 385 yds. By running the distance in a shade over 2½ hours, they finished 1-2-3 in the 53rd Boston marathon. In so doing, they outclassed an international field of 131, including last year's winner, Karl Gösta Leandersson of Sweden.

Distance running in Korea got a big boost back in 1936 when Kitei Son, listed as a Japanese, set an Olympic marathon record. After the war and Korea's liberation, he adopted...

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